(Never Again) - Report of Conadep
Abductions in the presence of children
a family which was to be
chupada (A slang term, literally meaning ‘sucked up’,
‘swallowed’.) had children, the following methods were employed:
The children were left with neighbours to be looked after
until a family relative arrived.
They were sent to children’s homes. These would hand
them over to relatives or have them adopted.
The children might themselves be abducted and eventually
adopted by a member of the armed forces.
They might be taken directly to the victim’s relatives,
often in the same vehicle used to abduct their parents.
They might be left abandoned in the place from which the
group had kidnapped their parents.
They could be taken to the secret detention centre,
where they would witness the tortures inflicted on their
parents, or might themselves be tortured in front of their
parents. Many of these children are now among the lists of
In her statement
on the disappearance of her son, Simón Antonio Riquelo
(file No. 1743), his mother tells how he was abducted:
11 and 11.30p.m. on 13 July 1976, 1 heard a loud knocking at
the door of my home in Belgrano, Buenos Aires city. I was just
finishing breast-feeding my son, Sim6n. The door was broken
down, and between ten and fifteen men dressed in everyday
clothes burst in. They identified themselves as members of the
Argentine and Uruguayan Armies. One of the officers said his
name was Major Gavazzo, of the Uruguayan Army. They found
written material which showed I was working for the cause of
freedom in Uruguay; they then began to torture and interrogate
me. When they took me away, I asked what would happen to the
boy. They told me not to worry, that he would stay with them,
that they had no war against children. That was the last time
I saw Simón or have had any news of him.